French Air and Space Force

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Inside the French Air and Space Force's latest Rafale squadron

Escadron de Chasse 3/30 ‘Lorraine’ boasts a long and glorious history, but it is also the latest fighter squadron in the French Air and Space Force to adopt the Dassault Rafale, as we explain

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Airbus nets French Guépard deal to close out sales year

Airbus looks to have been the beneficiary of an €8.6bn deal for the development, manufacture and delivery of more than 160 H160M ‘Guépard’ helicopters for the French Armed Forces

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Israel kicks off its largest ever multinational exercise

Israel kicked off its largest ever aerial exercise on October 17, after aircraft from the UK; France; Germany; Greece; Italy; India and the US arrived at Ovda Air Base in Eilat to participate in Exercise Blue Flag 21

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What lies ahead for EEA 1/54 'Dunkirk' and France's covert ISR assets?

We look at the platforms that have served the French Air and Space Force’s secretive Airborne Electronic Squadron 1/54 ‘Dunkirk’ and detail the new intelligence-gathering assets that are set to enter service in the coming years

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Nuclear Defenders: An overview of the French Strategic Air Forces

The French Strategic Air Forces and Nuclear Naval Air Force have served as the backbone of the nation’s nuclear deterrence for more than half a century. We explore the evolution of France’s steadfast atomic protectors and how the capability will be advanced in the coming years.

French Reaper launches GBU-12 for the first time in Niger

The French Air and Space Force announced on August 24 that it has for the first time launched a GBU-12 laser-guided munition from an MQ-9A Reaper Block 5 during an operational mission

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INSIGHT: A new age for French Mirage 2000 training operations

Mirage 2000 pilot training is entering a new phase in its French Air and Space Force history, as we report

French transports sent to Kabul to support mass withdrawal effort

With the ongoing deterioration of the security situation in Afghanistan, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, has sent airlift assets from the French Air and Space Force to support evacuation efforts

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Secret Guardians: French SOF operations in North Africa

We reveal some of the vital work being undertaken by the French Special Ops helicopters that are operating covertly in the Sahel region of North Africa

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France orders nine more Pilatus PC-21s

Pilatus Aircraft announced on July 16 that the French Air and Space Force has ordered an additional nine PC-21s, adding to the 17 examples purchased by France in 2017 for training purposes